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ORLH 4020 Final Presentation
Transcript of ORLH 4020 Final Presentation
Dr. Corbin Campbell
May 6, 2013 Examining a Student Affairs Organization Student Affairs Structure Hierarchy of Order Organizational Problem Due to the multiple titles, roles, and responsibilities that the deans and directors of OMA have within Student Affairs, how do they understand their position within the Student Affairs organization? In what ways to the deans and directors of OMA define their organizational behaviors and identities? Do their behaviors and identities conflict or align with the function of Student Affairs? Loose Coupling Theory
Explaining the Organizational Problem Loose coupling theory: units within an organization that are responsive to each other, but, at the same time, maintain some form separation (Bess and Dee, 2008, p. 223;Weick, 1979).
Pro's of a loosely coupled organization: (1) unit members feel that they are free to respond to each other without having to go through authoritative structures and policies; (2) unit members can be creative to how they respond to problems (Tierney, 2012).
Con's of a loosely coupled organization: who has authority in responding to certain situations, and who makes the decisions? Goal Theory Explaining the
Organizational Problem Goal theory: the organization and/or personal goals that impact the behaviors and purposeful actions of individuals within an organization/institution (Locke and Latham, 1990).
OMA deans and directors are motivated "to give support [and] give specialized attention to each [student] community" on campus (Erica, personal communication, February, 25, 2013).
OMA deans and directors maintain a separate identity from all of Student Affairs due to their goals and motivations. Role theory is defined the functions and behaviors of unit members that impact an organization (Bess & Dee, 2008, p. 246 – 247).
The function of OMA is to provide diverse student constituents with spaces and opportunities to feel that they are part of the larger campus culture and community.
OMA deans and directors are expected not only to meet the goals of this unit, but to also address how their student constituents fit within the bigger umbrella of student life and culture on campus (i.e. Student Affairs). Analysis Loose coupling, Goal, and Role theories:
OMA functions within the goals and missions of Student Affairs
OMA gets their behavioral cues from Student Affairs
OMA maintains a separate identity as they are in charge of particular student constituents
OMA deans and directors understand their relationship responsibilities with Student Affairs, and, at times, collaborates with unit members Role Theory Explaining the Organizational Problem Recommendations Create a tightly coupled organization